STORRS, Conn. — Ryan Daly scored 30 points as St. Joseph’s held off UConn, 96-87, on Wednesday night.
Rahim Moore added 22 points and Myles Douglas had 18 for the Hawks (2-1), who led by as many as 27 points in the first half and never trailed.
Christian Vital had 26 points for UConn (1-1) and Alterique Gilbert added 22 for the Huskies, who cut the deficit to three points in the second half before running out of gas.
The Hawks opened the game with a 14-0 run. While UConn missed its first nine shots, St. Joe’s hit five of its first seven, including three of four from three-point range.
Gilbert stopped the bleeding for a moment with UConn’s first basket, a driving layup that came more than four minutes into the game.
UConn is 6-3 all-time against St. Joe’s. This was the first meeting between the two schools since the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. UConn won that game 89-81 in overtime, beginning their run to a fourth national title.